Meet the team

We are very lucky to have on board a team of very hard working and inspirational people who make things happen.

Artspace Lifespace is a small charity based in Bristol. It has a small core staff and a board of Directors. Over 300 artists are affiliated with The Artspace Lifespace Project through their studios and creative businesses.

Members of our team have built up extensive knowledge and experience from the various projects we have undertaken and can readily act as catalysts for new ventures and collaborations. Our first priority is establishing financial sustainability for the space and then increasing resources in line with activity.

Meet the team

Rachel Buchanan – Trustee

rachel@artspacelifespace.com

Rachel has been working in the arts since she graduated in 2002, including managing venues in London, Shropshire and Bristol. A passionate believer in the idea that everyone is creative, and in the power of the arts to explore ideas and bring people together, these days she works as a freelance event and festival producer and is working on her first book, to be published in 2018.

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Ryan Corkery – Trustee

ryan@artspacelifespace.com

A Chartered Certified Accountant, and ex-cyberneticist, Ryan has lived in Bristol for four years during which time he has started his own business and become embedded in a number of others due to his way with numbers.  Ryan believes strongly in not-for-profit values, co-operative structures and ownership, and in showing art and community businesses are economically viable.  Ryan also works as management accountant for Trinity Community Arts.

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Doug Francis  – Trustee

doug@artspacelifespace.com

A founding member of the organisation, and a passionate proponent of the Arts and its transformative effect on people and communities.  Doug has been a strong voice in temporary use projects, assisting groups all over the country to start up their own community centres from buildings long forgotten and discarded.  His own artistic practices as a performer, and as a director and ringmaster of The Invisible Circus, keep him an active part of Bristol’s creative community.

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Wim Penhaul – Trustee

wim@artspacelifespace.com

Wim Penhaul is a co founder of Artspace Lifespace in its Bristol incarnation and passionate about the creative re-invention of under used commercial and industrial properties into thriving community resources. As a Co Director with Invisible Circus he has been instrumental in the development of such projects in Bristol and beyond.

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Kara de Los Reyes – Trustee (observing)

Kara is a practicing architect, lecturer, and advocate for regenerative design and culture. Beyond her work with ASLS she helps to run TEDxBristol and is also a keen allotmenteer. Her international work includes being a Trustee of Land is Life, an organisation that focuses on representing the voice of Indigenous People globally. Kara also supports community initiatives in her home country, the Philippines. She is driven in all that she does to help create a happier, healthier, and more resilient world for future generations to enjoy.

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Kathryn Chiswell Jones – Company Manager

kathryn@artspacelifespace.com 

Kathryn worked in International Relations and PR in Japan before joining a Japanese engineering firm in London, helping facilitate heavy engineering projects in the UK. She spent seven years working for a Bristol architecture as their Head of Marketing and Health and Safety until took on the role of Company Manager at Artspace Lifespace in 2017. Kathryn joined Artspace Lifespace in 2017 as Company Manager. She believes that the arts can provide transformative experiences, help individuals connect and identify with one another and grow communities. She is an advocate for community space within Bristol and heads up the DIY Arts Cultural Spaces Workgroup.